Corral del Carbón is one of the oldest monuments left by the Arabs in Granada. It was built in the 14th century by Yusuf I. It was a Coal yard, warehousing of goods and shelter of merchants. In the 16th century it was adapted for stage performances, as a corral de comedias, hence its name.
Crossing the entrance pavilion a courtyard is accessed, surrounded by galleries and craft rooms. In the center of the courtyard there is a stone pile. The most beautiful part is the pointed arch of the front.
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 19:00
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00
The Corral del Carbon was built in the 14th century as a Moorish grain storehouse. The guide books say it is the only one of its type in Spain. It was used for trading and storing grain till the 16th century when it served as an inn for coal merchants. The building has an Islamic facade and a horseshoe arch which you can see in the photo. Today it is used as a theatre and should be beautiful with the open air construction of the central patio being covered with grape vines.
The Corral del Carbon is the only remaining caravanserai in Spain. Following the expulsion of the Moors in 1531 it served as a coal depot and later as a theater and residential house. If you arrive here looking for the tourist office i tell you that is not here anymore, you have to walk to plaza santa ana, in carrera del darro and the office is on the right side of the church next the staircase.
Era la antigua alhóndiga Gidida o Nueva ejemplo único de los funduq musulmanes donde se hospedaban los mercaderes con sus productos, que luego fue albuergue de carboneros, corral de comedias y casa de vecinos. En el presente es sede de organismos culturales. Si buscas aquí la oficina de turismo no la vas a encontrar, la han mudado a la plaza santa ana al comienzo de carrera del darro
Corral del Carbón is the only surviving of three alhóndigas (i.e. caravanserais) that existed during Moorish Granada. It was built in the early 14th century, but since the reconquest, it has had multiple functions, including a coal marketplace (hence the name). Today, it houses the Granada tourist office, a very useful place for travellers.
The Archway into Corral del Carbon is quite an impressive example of Islamic architecture. Koranic caligraphy, and symetrical geometrical designs adorn the stonework.
As you can see, there are souvenir shops nearby.
Corral Del Carbon was established in the 14th century, as an inn, to accomodate the merchants of the area, later coal dealers who used the inn, led to the naming of the square, which translates as coal yard. During the Catholic invasion of 1492 it became an open air theatre with productions such as Don Quioxite .
It is the only remaining Moorish caravansara or fundak, to have survived from this era.
Enter through an impressive horseshoe shaped archway.
The yard is laid out in typical Islamic design, with a symetrical courtyard, mosaic floorings, and a central water trough, which is the original drinking trough.
The paving of black and white stones indicates that this is a prosperous area, with the function of keeping down the dust from the floor. The black stones were gathered from the River Genil and the white from the River Dorro (or it could be the other way around, I wasn't paying attention!)
There is a government run craft/ Art shop housed in one of the buildings surrounding the courtyard, these were originally stables, used to house the mules of the merchants.
The upper galleried rooms were originally used by the merchants for making buisness deals, socialising and sleeping. Now they house the offices of El Legado Andalusib - a scheme to introduce tourists to the old mule and pedestrian routes of Andalucia
Concerts are held during the music festivals too.
Quite peaceful when I visited, the first time, but at my 2nd visit there were a few tour groups (including the walking tour that I was part of)
If you are coming out of the Zoco onto Reyes Catolicos this is what you will see on the other side of the road. Granada if full of these hidden treasures; that is why you always have to keep your eyes peeled no matter where you are in the city!
The Corral de Carbon is now a tourist office; it was built in the XIV century. Only the glass windows ruin the historic look of the building!
Come to admire this beautiful place which is nowadays a tourism office. Very close to it there are some shops where you can buy some nice souvenirs.
This nice building of the XIV century was used to keep goods ans host merchants who wanted to sleep with their goods to avoid them from being stolen. In the XV century was a comedy theather.
From Monday-Friday 9-19
Saturday and Monday 10-14
This Moorish inn was built at the same time as Alhambra, in the 14th century. Today the patio is home to a tourist information office, a bookshop specialised in works on the city's Moorish past, and several crafts stores. It’s also the setting for flamenco performances on summer nights.